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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Representing the 1st District of New Hampshire

Shea-Porter Visits Lydia's House of Hope in Somersworth

August 4, 2017
Press Release

SOMERSWORTH, NH — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today visited Lydia's House of Hope, a transitional residential program for homeless women and children. During her visit, she discussed the new facility's progress in helping these families develop skills to live independent, productive, and happy lives.

"I’m so impressed by the vision and dedication of Lydia's House of Hope founder Theresa Tozier, business and community leaders, and so many supporters. The all-hands-on-deck community effort made this home a reality," Shea-Porter said. "The progress the women at Lydia's are making is remarkable, and I applaud the hard work of these women and the community that is supporting these new beginnings."

Lydia's House Founder and Director Theresa Tozier led Shea-Porter on a tour of the facility. Following the tour, Shea-Porter met with a resident, who spoke eloquently about how the program has supported her in everything from finding work to learning to budget to regaining custody.

Since its opening in January 2017, Lydia's House of Hope has been home to 15 formerly homeless adults and children. The facility's mission is to train and equip homeless families and single women with the necessary mind-set and skill-sets required to move out of chronic homelessness into sustainable self-supporting, independent living while providing a safe living environment where residents are counseled, equipped, encouraged and empowered.